Leaving school early, Morgan gained entry to The Slade but became sick and postponed the course which she never returned to. From this point on, she made art by herself. Often this was autobiographical, providing a mirror with which to see within and navigate life's vicissitudes. Now a practising Buddhist with SGI-UK (since 2015), Buddhist philosophy and practice profoundly influences her life and work as she explores transformative embodiment, the phenomenal agency and dignity of life; interconnection, oneness: Morgan’s work has a lived Nichiren Buddhist lens, it is autobiographical, embodied and transformative.
Morgan's work is an (intra)action which, through the microcosm-macrocosm of her own (life)universe, enlivens possible futures from and within (mind)body. She works from her lived experience, where all phenomena have co-creative force and agency. Within this she weaves and transforms with both the human and non-human, embracing the mix of stone and air and trees that form intricate aspects of self, identity, memory, movement and place. Her work acts through and with the simultaneous realities of past, present and future to create multi-faceted hope and vision. Human revolution is the term for this in the SGI global Buddhist movement for peace (here in the UK - www.SGI-UK.org). Human revolution is a self determined and interconnected spiritual effort. Through the seen and unseen realities of life, Morgan seeks to enliven possible futures, first within her own heart. The act of painting for her is an alchemy of embodying new possibilities for life, creating seen (without) from unseen (within), hope, for herself and others.
CV & Education
Spitalfields Studios Show (07.07.2022 - 22.09.2022)
Bermondsey Project Space (07.06 - 18.06.2022)
The Holy Art Gallery (22 -28.05.2022)
Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre (10.2019 - 01.2020)
Islington Arts Factory Summer Salon (08.2019)
Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre (11.2016 - 01. 2017)
Orleans House Gallery Meet the Artists (03.2016)
Roehampton University MU (06.2014)
National Theatre Green Room Solo show (07.2006)
The Byam Shaw (UAL) Group show (06.2003)
The Slade Summer School Group show (08.2002)
Spitalfields Studios - Co-curator Galvanise July 2022
Orleans House Gallery - Co-curator Treasures on our Doorstep (2017)
Orleans House Gallery - The Body and Art (2017)
Orleans House Gallery - From the Inside Out (2016)
Orleans House Gallery - Autism Awareness (2016)
Roehampton University - MU (2014)
National Theater Green Room - Solo show (July 2006)
Socially Engaged Arts Practice
Artist Educator (2008-current) Private, Gallery, Education settings and Community based Arts Education and Mentorship. Engagement. Design and deliver art-sci-heritage projects using multi-arts processes, including: construction, eco-processes, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, print, writing.
? Art & Soul (current). Pioneering hybrid and online community mental health arts and wellbeing workshops.
? Isolation Project (2020). Online experimental drawing.
? Sensory Arts Programme (2016-2019). Developed and facilitated a 3 yr intensive 1:1 Sensory/Visual/Performative Arts Programme - meeting complex psychosocial and medical-health issues.
? Community Mosaics (2017- 2018). Creating large and small scale outdoor artworks.
? SEND / Childrens Art Group(s) (since 2008) Designed and Facilitated art-sci work eg: From the Outside In.
? Community situated work (Since 2010). eg: thread, sticks and time in woodland space
Symbiotic Bodies (current-2027) Pathways for new indigneneity through interconection - embodying creative coexistence.
Light and Materiality (2016-2019) Investigation into phenomenal experiences of sensate sense-making and materials through engagement with the natural environment
Being Hurd (2017) Explorative Dance research project into memory. Research and Performance
Movement and Memory (2015-2016) Exploring teaching practices within biomedical science, neuroscience and the heart through the materiality of things, diclogue, art making and movement.
Self and Other Entanglements: A Material-Discursive Exploration (2015) Martin Glachan Prize for Best Undergraduate Project. Integrating Discursive Analysis, Phenomenology and Embodied Feminist Driffractive Folding.
MU (2014). Responded to the phases of research and co-curated a performance-exhibition at Roehampton University with Dr Marina Rova.
GDPR (SGI-UK, Nov 2021)
Managing Volunteer Programmes (Richmond CVS, Nov 2021)
Nature Connectedness (Thriving Communities Network, Nov 2021)
Arts Award Practitioner Wellbeing (Arts Award, Oct 2021)
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (2021) Online Safeguarding level 1.
University for the Creative Arts (due to start in October 202) Practice based PhD - Symbiotic Bodies: Illuminating Embodied Interconnection towards a new Indigeneity
The Open University (2020) Eutrophication (Level 3)
Roehampton University (2017-2018) Dance and Movement Psychotherapy Foundation.
Arts Award Facilitator (2016) Discover and Explore (2017) Bronze and Silver.
Roehampton University (2012-2015) Psychology (Bsc) 1st class honours degree. Martin Glachlan Prize for best undergraduate thesis.
The Open University (2008-2011) Fossils and a History of Earth (Level 1) Oceanography (Level 1); Exploring Science (Level 1 distinction); Certificate in Natural Sciences (2010); Mathematics (Level 1); (2011) Child Development (Level 2 distinction)
The Slade School of Fine Art (2003-2004) - BA Painting, Fine Art (incomplete due to illness)
The Byam Shaw (2002-2003) – Fine Art Foundation
Undergraduate Research Presentation
Psychology Undergraduate Student Conference (2015) Roehampton University
STEM: Annual Learning and Teaching Conference Edinburgh University (2014)